Campaign to smoke out tobacco begins next month
Israel has joined an international protocol for the prevention of illegal tobacco traffic, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday.
Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor signed the protocol on behalf of the state, as an addition to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), which Israel ratified several years ago along with 176 other states.
The ministry called illegal trade in tobacco a worldwide problem, as the proceeds are used to fund terrorist organizations such as Hezbollah and other criminal organizations, as well as in money laundering. Such smuggling also leads to the loss of legitimate tax income and harms the effort to reduce smoking and its deadly effects on the population, the ministry said.